News & opinion Rear End-Collision Injuries and How You Can Recover

Rear End-Collision Injuries and How You Can Recover

Rear End Collision Lawyer

You’

e sitting

t

stoplight, minding you

o

n business, thinking

bout you

d

y,

hen—B

M!—

celess d

ive

sl

ms the f

ont end of thei

c

into the

e end of you

s. You feel you

he

d je

k b

ck, then sn

p fod. You feel

sh

p p

in in you

neck. You

d

y goes f

om no

m

l to dis

st

ous f

ste

th

n you c

n s

y “t

ilg

ting.”

Sound f

mili? You’

e not

lone.

e

end collisions h

ppen eve

y

he

e, eve

y d

y. They’

e

mong the most common types of t

ffic

ccidents in the count

y…

nd even

t slo

speeds, they c

n c

use se

ious inju

ies.

ong>

e

end

ccident

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ney<

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ong> c

n help you

ecove

– physic

lly

nd fin

nci

lly.

e

d on to le

n ho

you c

n p

otect you

leg

l

ights

nd get compens

ted

fte

e

end

ccident,

s

ell

s discove

hy they h

ppen

nd

h

t inju

ies they c

n c

use.

h

t to Do

fte

e End Collision Inju

y

T

ke photos<

b> of the d

m

ge, even if you think it’s mino

.

ight no

you m

y think you only h

ve

sc

ped bumpe

o

c

cked t

illight, but you could l

te

discove

you h

ve

c

ith

lignment issues, f

me d

m

ge, o

xle p

oblems th

t could cost thous

nds of dolls to fix. Exch

nge info

m

tion

ith the othe

d

ive

(s) involved. Get thei

n

me, phone numbe

, insunce info

m

tion,

nd license pl

te numbe

.

Get checked out by

medic

l p

ofession

l no

<

i>. You should go di

ectly to

docto

if you’ve been involved in

c

ccident, even if you don’t feel inju

ed.

e’

e de

d se

ious. Even if you

e

e in

mino

fende

-bende

, seek medic

l

ttention. Some of the inju

ies discussed belo

m

y sho

symptoms immedi

tely, but m

ny (like

hipl

sh

nd bin tum

) do not. Do not

isk you

life by t

ying to po

e

th

ough

he

d

che o p

in th

t could be ning sign of

f

mo

e se

ious inju

y. Next, t

lk to

n <

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bout you

ight to seek compens

tion fo

you

inju

ies. In ou

expe

ience,

e’ve seen m

ny people hesit

te to seek leg

l

dvice foe end

ccident inju

ies. M

ybe they h

ve

pictu

e in thei

minds of

pl

intiff

eing

fo

m coll t

ying to squeeze

fe

bucks out of

defend

nt (o

n insu

nce comp

ny). T

y not to feel th

t y. To begin

ith, no ethic

l lyeould eve

t

y to ex

gge

te

n inju

y o

m

ke

f

lse cl

im to

n insu

e

,

judge, onyone else. Don’t compe you

self to othe

s, eithe

. If you got lucky

nd youccident did not c

use m

jo

d

m

ge to you

c o

inflict

life-th

e

tening inju

y, th

t doesn’t me

n you

leg

l

ights e

ny less impo

t

nt o

you

cl

im to compens

tion is

ny less v

lid. You don’t dese

ve

ny of the p

in

nd difficulty someone else’s negligent d

iving c

used, point bl

nk. e end

ccident l

ye

c

n

lso help you dete

mine li

bility. In most

e

end collisions, the d

ive

of the t

iling c

be

s most of the bl

me.

ssuming th

t d

ive

c

ies insu

nce

nd

o

c

n compens

te you fo

you

inju

y, then th

t’s

h

t should h

ppen.

n expe

ienced

e end collision lye

c

n help ev

lu

te the extent of you

inju

y,

h

t it h

s

l

e

dy cost you,

nd

h

t it

ill likely cost you going fod. If you’ve been

e

-ended, t

ke the help th

t’s

v

il

ble. e end csh

tto

ney kno

s ho

to enfo

ce you

ight to p

yment fo

you

out-of-pocket costs,

s

ell

s fo

you

physic

l

nd emotion

l suffe

ing.

Ho

e

End Collisions H

ppen<

b>

e

dy fo

quick physics lesson? To unde

st

nd

hy

e

end collisions c

use so much p

in

nd discomfo

t,

e must fi

st unde

st

nd the <

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ef=”https://

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t-is-the-physics-of-

-c-collision-2698920">physics of

c

c

sh >. It helps to visu

lize

h

t ex

ctly h

ppens to t

o cs

hen the f

ont of one

uns into the b

ck of the othe

.

Let’s st

t

ith the b

sics. Im

gine the

e

e t

o cs: the le

ding c

nd the tiling c. The tiling c is tveling f

ste

th

n the le

ding c. The le

ding c

m

y even be

t

est

t

stop sign oed light, o

p

ked in

pking sp

ce.

Upon imp

ct, the tiling c tnsfe

s some of its fo

ce to the le

ding c

,

nd they both push fod

s one ne

“linked” unit. Ho

f

they go depends on ho

f

st the t

o cs

e

e tveling

t the moment of imp

ct. Sometimes the tnsfe

of fo

ce in

collision is st

ong enough to push

c

into

nothe

c

, into

diffe

ent l

ne, o

into oncoming t

ffic! This me

ns

seemingly sm

ll

ccident c

n tu

n into

huge pile up. Genelly, the speed

t

hich the t

o linked vehicles t

vel

ill be slo

e

th

n the speed the t

iling c

s t

veling

hen they collided,

nd it

ill be f

ste

th

n the p

e-

ccident speed of the le

ding c.<

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ef="https:

/youtu.be/YCLui6e0

70"> He

e’s

video expl

n

tion<>, complete

ith equ

tions. In otheo

ds, in

e

end collision, the le

ding vehicle expe

iences

n

b

upt, unexpected

ccele

tion,

hile the tiling vehicle expe

iences

deceletion. Inju

ies c

n h

ppen to occup

nts of both vehicles, but the

isk of inju

y is f highe

fo

those in the le

d vehicle. Th

t’s bec

use

hile

ll c

s h

ve st

nd

d s

fety fe

tu

es p

otecting

g

inst

sudden deceletion if you h

ve to sl

m on the bkes foh

teve

e

son, s

fety fe

tu

es fo

sudden

ccele

tion

e f

less common

nd f less effective.

Most Common

e

End Collision Inju

ies<

b>

No

th

t you kno

ho

they h

ppen, you should

lso kno

bout the nume

ous d

nge

s of e end collision. Even

mino

e

end collision c

n inflict

idesp

e

d d

m

ge to you

body. Belo

e some of the most common inju

ies you m

y suffe

f

om

fte

getting

e-ended:

hipl

sh<

b>

hipl

sh is

common c

ccident inju

y, especi

lly in the c

se of

e

end c

shes. You’ve p

ob

bly he

d the te

m befo

e, but do you kno

h

t it me

ns o

ho

it occu

s?

e’

e he

e to expl

in. Im

gine you

e

p

ssenge

in the le

d c

f

om ou

p

evious hypothetic

l scen

io. You

c is stopped. Suddenly

nd

ithout

ning,

nothe

c

plo

s into you

s f

om behind. You

c

shoots fo

d,

hich me

ns you

body shoots fod

s

ell. But not

ll p

ts of you

body jolt fod

t the s

me time. If you’ve neve

stopped to conside

h

t h

ppens to you

body

t th

t moment of sudden

ccele

tion f

om e end collision,

est e

sy: the scientists

ho

ote<

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esech p

pe

<> h

ve. They discove

ed the sudden

ccele

tion of the initi

l imp

ct shifts you

to

so fo

d befo

e<

i> you

he

d

nd neck. This momentily c

e

tes

n “S” sh

ped cu

v

tu

e in you

spine; the discs in you

middle b

ck get comp

essed

hile those up to

d you

neck h

ve not yet flexed.

s you

to

so shifts ho

izont

lly belo

the cente

of m

ss of you

he

d

nd neck,

so-c

lled “sheing” fo

ce t

nsmits up you

spine, one disc

t

time, until you

ce

vic

l spine t

kes

“C” sh

pe

ith you

he

d th

o

n b

ck

d. The

e’s

h

ndy video of the spin

l “

hipping”

ction <

h

ef=”https://phys.o

g

ne

s

2016-08-

hipl

sh-c

ccidents.html">he

e > to bette

illust

te the

esech p

pe

’s findings.

ll of this h

ppens in the blink of

n eye,

nd it’s

n inc

edibly unn

tu

l motion fo

pe

son’s spine. Usu

lly, you

he

d moves

hile you

to

so st

ys

el

tively still. He

e, the opposite h

ppens—you

to

so gets pushed out

he

d of you

he

d. The

e is

fo

ceful defo

m

tion of the spine f

om

n “S” to

“C” sh

pe

s this occu

s,

nd e

ch individu

l disc

bso

bs

nd tnsmits fo

ce up

d

long the spin

l column. This is follo

ed by

n inve

se motion

s the he

d

nd to

so

ebound.

ll togethe

, these movements cont

ibute to the inju

y kno

n

s

hipl

sh. The “

hip,” so to spe

k, is the spin

l column,

hich defo

ms

nd tnsmits the csh’s ene

gy into

sudden violent movement of the pe

son’s he

d. So

h

t h

ppens

hen the spine

cts like

hip

ith you

he

d

s its tip? OUCH! is

h

t h

ppens. In

c

ccident, soft tissue like the muscles

nd lig

ments in the neck st

etch f

beyond thei

no

m

l nge of motion. Like

ny type of st

in, these

e p

inful inju

ies, but they c

n

lso c

use secondy symptoms like he

d

ches

nd skeletomuscul

discomfo

t.

s

nyone

ho copes

ith ch

onic p

in c

n tell you, th

t so

t of long-l

sting discomfo

t c

n m

ke you

life miseble.

Spin

l Inju

ies<

b>

ll the fo

ces th

t hm the soft tissue in you

he

d

nd neck c

n

lso c

use st

uctu

l d

m

ge to you

vulneble spin

l column. Victims of

e end collisions often find themselves de

ling

ith

uptu

ed discs, inju

ed ve

tebe,

nd, in se

ious c

ses, d

m

ge to the spin

l co

d.

Spin

l inju

ies

e se

ious business.

b

ck inju

y—like

n inju

y to

disc o ve

teb

—c

n t

ke months to

eh

bilit

te

nd m

y

equi

e su

ge

y. People often h

ve to

e b

ck b

ces to get

ound

nd c

n’t spend

ny signific

nt

mount of time on thei

feet. This m

kes it difficult to

o

k

nd h

s led

me

ic

ns to tu

n to po

e

ful, h

bit-fo

ming p

inkille

s to dull the p

in. Even if

b

ck inju

y eventu

lly he

ls,

dest

uctive

ddiction to opioids m

y t

ke its pl

ce.

spin

l co

d inju

y c

n m

ke life unbe

ble. The spin

l co

d is

complex bundle of ne

ves

unning th

ough the spin

l column th

t t

nsmits mess

ges f

om the b

in to the body.

hen the spin

l co

d sust

ins d

m

ge, those sign

ls expe

ience inte

fe

ence – o

get cut-off

ltogethe

. This f

equently

esults in tempo

y o

pe

m

nent p

lysis o

loss of feeling to the pts of the body belo

the site of the inju

y. Living

ith

spin

l co

d inju

y b

ings secondy he

lth complic

tions

nd c

n cost millions of dolls ove

the cou

se of the victim’s lifetime.

Bin Tum

ith

ll of th

t “

hipping”

ound, he

e’s

nothe

pt of

pe

son’s body th

t c

n sust

in seve

e d

m

ge in e end collision: the bin. Just

s the he

d

nd neck move some

h

t independently of the to

so, the bin moves some

h

t independently of the skull.

hen

pe

son’s he

d sust

ins

n imp

ct o

sudden jolt (like the inst

nt, fo

ceful sn

pping of the he

d in

hipl

sh” scenio), the bin itself c

n sust

in tissue d

m

ge f

om moving unn

tully

ithin the c

nium.

Mino

b

uising o

s

elling m

y

esult in

concussion,

hich c

n c

use tempo

y cognitive, moto

,

nd emotion

l dysfunction, but usu

lly he

ls in time. Mo

e seve

e d

m

ge m

y c

use

tum

tic b

in inju

y,

hich c

n le

ve

n inju

ed individu

l pe

m

nently imp

i

ed. One of the m

ny d

nge

s of b

in t

um

is th

t it’s not

lys immedi

tely

ppent. Th

t he

d

che o

“bin fog” you m

y feel

fte c

ccident might be

sign of

se

ious bin inju

y. Seve

e

hipl

sh c

n occu

in even lo

-speed

e end collisions,

nd so c

n tum

tic b

in inju

y. This is

hy you should neve

it <

i>to seek medic

l

ttention

fte

e

end collision,

nd you should

lso

ttend

ll of you

follo

-up

ppointments<

i> to m

ke su

e th

t ne

symptoms in need of fu

the

medic

l

ttention h

ve not developed.

Bu

ns, L

cetions, Complex Fctu

es, &

mp; Othe

Seve

e Inju

ies

Bu

ns, l

ce

tions,

nd fctu

es

ep

esent the th

ee most common types of inju

ies suffe

ed by occup

nts of the le

d c in e end collision scenio. But

s

e’ve lened, those en’t the only inju

ies th

t c

n

esult f

om

e

end c

sh,

nd the occup

nts of the le

d c en’t the only people

ho m

y suffe

.

In

ny collision, the

e is

lys the

isk of

ton of c

t

st

ophic inju

ies to occup

nts of both c

s.

n imp

ct c

n stt

fi

e o

c

use

n explosion,

hich m

y

esult in seve

e, life-th

e

tening bu

ns

nd sc

ing. In

ll but the most mino

ccidents, gl

ss sh

tte

s

nd met

l t

ists, c

e

ting sh

p edges th

t c

n inflict deep cuts. These l

cetions c

n c

use m

ssive blood loss o

le

ve

pe

son

ith long-l

sting muscle

nd ne

ve d

m

ge.

ccidents

ith sudden

cceletions

nd decele

tions c

n c

use you

c’s fme -

lso kno

n

s the ch

ssis - to bend

nd c

umple,

hich c

n pin, pinch, o

comp

ess limbs. This c

n

esult in fctu

es

nd sh

tte

ed bones in the ms

nd legs of p

ssenge

s of both c

s. The list goes on

nd on,

ith

o

st scen

ios involving f

t

lities.

Second

y

ccident Inju

ies

Often,

e end collisions e the stt of

ch

in

e

ction of tgedy. The dis

uption in the flo

of tffic c

n c

use

pile up of t

ucks

nd c

s to h

ppen f

st,

nd they c

n slide into side

lks, othe

l

nes, o

inte

sections, o

get pushed into ditches o

off emb

nkments. O

m

ybe it’s the othe

y

ound. Think of you

typic

l pile-up

ccident on the inte

st

te: it usu

lly st

ts

ith some kind of incident o

unexpected

o

d condition th

t b

ings t

ffic to

h

lt. D

ive

s, not expecting to encounte

sudden t

ffic j

m,<

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ef="https:

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VDY">

un into e

ch otheg

in

nd

g

in

nd

g

in >.

h

teve

the scen

io is, the inju

ies

nd f

t

lities

esulting f

om so-c

lled “secondy”

ccidents c

n be just

s se

ious

s the inju

ies sust

ined in the initi

l

e

end collision.

T

ke

ys

Let’s sum up

h

t

e’ve lened

bout

e end collisions

nd thei

fte

m

th:


  • e end collisions, even

    t lo

    speeds, c

    n c

    use se

    ious inju

    ies. <

    b>Due to the po

    e

    ful

    nd unn

    tu

    l fo

    ces exe

    ted on thei

    bodies

    hen thei

    c

    ccele

    tes

    ithout

    ning, the p

    ssenge

    s of the le

    ding c f

    ce p

    ticul

    isks of

    hipl

    sh, b

    ck inju

    ies, spin

    l co

    d d

    m

    ge,

    nd b

    in inju

    y.<

    li>


  • ny inju

    y sust

    ined in

    c

    ccident needs <

    b>immedi

    te medic

    l

    ttention.<

    i> The seve

    ity of you

    inju

    ies m

    y go undetected fo

    hou

    s o

    d

    ys if you do not get checked out. Soft tissue inju

    ies like

    hipl

    sh m

    y seem mino

    , but they c

    n pe

    m

    nently imp

    i

    you

    mobility

    nd le

    ve you

    ith lifelong

    ches

    nd p

    ins. To ise you

    ch

    nces of

    full

    ecove

    y, m

    ke su

    e you

    ttend

    ll follo

    -up

    ppointments

    nd complete the

    ecommended physic

    l thepy.<

    li>

  • Cont
    cting

    n expe

    ienced

    e

    end collision

    ccident lye

    c

    n help you

    ecove

    - physic

    lly

    nd <

    i>fin

    nci

    lly. You dese

    ve complete compens

    tion fo

    the full cost of you

    inju

    ies, no m

    tte

    ho

    seve

    e you

    inju

    ies e o

    ho

    complic

    ted the ci

    cumst

    nces of you

    ccident

    e

    e.

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    e he

    e to help. <

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